4 realistic targets Panthers QB Sam Darnold can achieve in 2021

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Sam Darnold yards per catch

  • 12.2 yards per catch

One glaring indictment of Teddy Bridgewater’s play for the Carolina Panthers in 2020 was his reluctance to get the football downfield. This is something that everyone was fully aware of even before he took a snap and eventually proved to be his downfall.

Fans want to see winning football.

But they also want to be enthralled.

For all Sam Darnold’s faults with the New York Jets, and there were many. He has a cannon for an arm and can sure big yardage at a moment’s notice.

That might be all the Panthers need to get their dynamic offense over the hump.

They have plenty of receivers that can stretch the field. D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, and David Moore have all proven their worth as deep targets in recent years, with Terrace Marshall Jr. also thriving in this regard during his time at LSU.

As stated previously, protection is critical for Darnold.

It appears to be another patchwork group outside of stud right tackle Taylor Moton, so coming together quickly and becoming a cohesive unit is imperative to their hopes of securing a winning record for the first time since 2017.

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There will be no more excuses where Darnold is concerned. If this move comes off for Carolina, it’s going to be yet another potential masterstroke from a front office that approached the offseason with a sense of purpose not seen within the organization for quite some time.